Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot (June 2021)

By Marianne Cronin

June 15, 2021

Life is short.  No one knows that better than Lenni, seventeen years old and living on the terminal ward.  But as she’s about to find out, it’s not what you do with your life that counts, but who you share it with.

Seeking adventure, Lenni joins Art class, where she bumps into Margot, a rebel-hearted eighty-three-year-old from the next ward.  Their bond is instant, and soon they realise that together they have lived an astonishing one hundred years.

To celebrate their shared century, they begin to paint their stories – of growing old and staying young, of giving joy and receiving kindness, of losing and finding the person who is everything.

As this extraordinary friendship deepens, one thing becomes vividly clear: life is not done with Lenni or Margot just yet.

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